Northern Sky is being offered by Quickspin and it is a slot machine that tries to take advantage of one of the world’s most beautiful views, that of the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis). It succeeds mostly, but as you will find out, there are also things that could’ve been done better.
The slot features only 9 lines and has 5x3 reels to support them, so there would’ve been room for more combinations. Features offer you scattered bonus symbols, re-spins and free spins.
Betting and Prizes
The game will have a complete betting range that will start at the $0.10 mark and from that point it will go even up to $100, if the player wants it that way. The Total Bet section is found at the bottom and you will only get the option of changing the total bet there, nothing more. The number of lines will be fixed, at 9.
Northern Sky is going to be a game with a high variance, which will be capable of paying big when it finally lands the right combinations. The best time to claim some big wins is during free spins, at a point where only high paying symbols are present on the reels. The RTP that was announced for it stands at 96.57%. A jackpot of up to 800x is apparently going to be offered in exchange for a single combo of the right type.
Northern Sky Slot Features
Among the features that I enjoy seeing a lot in modern slot machines, the Avalanche system comes out at the top of the list, being a relatively new introduction. This type of feature will have different names in other slots, but the way it works is similar in most. It’s not the case here though, as Quickspin decided to make it a bit different. Rather than have the winning symbols disappear, here they are locked in place, while the rest of the symbols go through a free re-spin. If at this point the locked wins get additional symbols added to them, then the re-spins can continue.
The free spins are also used here, and they provide the player with 10 rounds, provided that first they get the required 3+ scatter symbols in view. Those are simple to spot, since they have a large Bonus logo for their image. The only extra feature that the player gets for the free spins consists in the removal of the low paying symbols from the reels, so that only high paying ones are left. The odds of getting a high paying combination at this point increase significantly.
Theme & Design
The theme’s idea is a good one, revolving around the Northern Lights, or the Aurora Borealis as it is also called. You can see the beautiful sky from Scandinavia, and that’s where the action of the slot seems to take place. You have a beautiful view of the wild region, with a mountain in the distance, with forests and lakes closer to you, plus the beautiful night sky. As symbols, the developer picked images of gemstones and of wild animals that appear to be crafted out of the same type of stones. There are foxes, owls, bears and stags among the game’s high paying symbols. The final symbol is the one triggering the free spins, with the Bonus logo. I enjoyed the graphics overall, they’re modern and well enough thought out.
Northern Sky gives us a good design, a high RTP and some features that have a good potential. Keep in mind that it’s a high variance slot though, and know what to expect from it.